Tareen makes varsity proud

J.A.K. Tareen

J.A.K. Tareen  

Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: Festive atmosphere prevailed on the campus of the University of Mysore on January 25 when the media announced that Vice-Chancellor of Puducherry Central University J.A.K. Tareen had been chosen for the Padma Shri Award for 2008.

He hails from Mysore and he is a product of the University of Mysore.

With this honour, Prof. Tareen has joined the elite club of personalities such as C.D. Narasimahaiah, U.R. Ananthamurthy and D. Javare Gowda, Padma Shri Award winners. He is the first professor from the science faculty of the University of Mysore to receive such an award.

Prof. Tareen has been chosen for this award in recognition of his contribution to education and literature. Prof. Tareen, who had his education in the Government Urdu School and St. Philomena High School in Mysore, received his Masters and Ph. D. degrees from the University of Mysore and D.Sc. from Bordeaux University, France.

Prof. Tareen is known for his contribution to experimental mineralogy in India and abroad. He has established the first high pressure temperature laboratory in the country on the campus of the University of Mysore. His two science books have been prescribed as textbooks all over the country. His book, “Fire Under Snow Flakes: The Return of Kashmir University”, earned him writer of the highest calibre fame. He has 75 international publications to his credit. He has received the National Mineral Award, Golden Jubilee Science and Technology Award of the University of Mysore, Mineralogical Society of India Gold Medal, among others.

Prof. Tareen proved his administrative acumen when was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the troubled Kashmir University in 2001. In three years, he not only restored the academics, but also made it an accredited A grade university. He was instrumental in launching the free academic exchange programme. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of South Asia Foundation, an apex body of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), before joining Puducherry Central University as Vice-Chancellor. In less than two years, the Puducherry university witnessed an unprecedented growth and modernisation. It is fast emerging as one of the top universities of the country.

Prof. Tareen is also a painter. His oil paintings adorn the walls of the Geology Department of the University of Mysore.

Ashok, professor, who teaches economics in the University of Mysore, said Prof. Tareen not only made his the university proud, but also the people of Mysore.

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